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1A from WAMU and NPR is a new show for a changing America. Every day, host Joshua Johnson convenes a conversation about the most important issues of our time.

The show takes a deep and unflinching look at America, bringing context and insight to stories unfolding across the country and the world.

With a name inspired by the 1st amendment, 1A explores important issues such as policy, politics, technology, and what connects us across the fissures that divide the country. The program also delves into pop culture, sports, and humor.

1A’s goal is to act as a national mirror—taking time to help America look at itself and to ask what it wants to be. 1A is produced at WAMU 88.5, and distributed by NPR.

the1a.org: Find out more about what you heard on a recent program here.

When James Clapper retired from his post as Director of National Intelligence in January 2017, a former colleague said: “I think history will be kind to Jim Clapper.”

And Clapper lived through quite a history.

The 1A Movie Club Sees 'Fahrenheit 451'

May 23, 2018

We’re more than a year into a resurgence in dystopian literature. Readers are dusting off classic works, writers are working on new ones, and filmmakers are working on adaptations.

Sneakers: An American Tale

May 22, 2018

Whether you call them sneakers, joggers, or something else (sand shoes?), there’s no denying the popularity of athletic footwear.

Should Students Stay Away From School?

May 22, 2018

There was another school shooting in the U.S. on Friday.

This time in Santa Fe, Texas.

Santa Fe High School had a shooting plan and armed police officers. Ten people died.

Friday News Roundup - International

May 18, 2018

With guest host Celeste Headlee.

The week began with cheers and clashes. While an American delegation (including two controversial pastors) were celebrating the opening of a U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, more than 50 Palestinians were killed.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

May 18, 2018

With guest host Celeste Headlee.

This week we learned how the crossfire hurricane was born.

That’s the codename originally given to what’s commonly called the Mueller investigation into President Trump and alleged Russian meddling. Though … the president has another name for it.

What does it mean to be a mother in the public eye?

It means you have a platform and a lot of responsibility, should you choose to use it.

Jada Pinkett Smith is using her platform to have a unique, intergenerational conversation with her daughter, Willow, and her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris. That conversation includes frank talk about her family: their challenges, hopes, fears and even some secrets.

Why More Women Are Going For The Big Freeze

May 16, 2018

Egg freezing has long offered hope for women who wish to delay having children. These days, some employers cover the procedure for their workers. It’s even kind of trendy. And glamorous.

'The Great Revolt' In The Voting Booth

May 16, 2018

Donald Trump’s victory in 2016 may have surprised a lot of people, but that doesn’t mean it was a fluke.

Journalists, pundits, professors and political strategists have spent over a year analyzing how Trump won. In their new book The Great Revolt, columnist Salena Zito and Republican strategist Brad Todd look at who Trump won. Who are the voters who put them over the top?

Women who become pregnant face an unexpected danger in the U.S.: maternal mortality. Complications from pregnancy, labor and childbirth result in the death of an estimated 700 to 900 women each year — a rate higher than any other developed Western nation.